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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 21-28, 2019


La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 21-28, 2018

Mexican Minute Video Fishing Report

Short Attention Span Week-At-A-Glance

Weather – No shortage of sunshine.  It’s really pleasant to be in town right now .  Daytime temps in the mid-80’s with a breeze.  Nights in the low 70’s.  However, not always great to be on the water as Hurricane Willa (hundreds of miles to the south) didn’t mess with us, it did send up some huge swells and strong wind that caused us to shut down our Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay Fishing for 2 days.  Then, increasing northern winds have made it difficult at time fishing out’ve La Paz.  (Also makes it tough to find bait!).  The seasons are changing.

Water – The increasing winds are lowering the water temperatures and the water is getting more green although there’s still some great blue water around . It’s all in transition.

Fishing – Maybe it was a combination of variables.  Erratic winds.  A full moon.  Big swells.  All of it contributed to a tougher week of fishing.  I’ve seen worse.  But I have also seen better.  We had to work hard to get fish sometimes.  Moreso than normal. More cooler water species showing up.  Fewer blue-water fish around.  Also, the ability to find and catch bait is affected by the weather.  Harder to catch bait means harder to catch fish.

Caught This Week – tuna, wahoo, dorado, jack crevalle, lots of bonito, needlefish, roosterfish, pargo liso, cabrilla, triggerfish, dog-tooth snapper, pompano, palometa.

Outlook for Coming Week – Probably alot more of the same.  Off-season imminent.


The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…

Our Montana friend, Darrel Zauner, hooked into a few of these beasts, but finally got a big dog-tooth to the boat!

Gary Pilkington has been visiting us for years and it was good to see him finally get his first wahoo!

Lots of “firsts” this week like this good-looking roosterfish caught by Mike Hanson from Grants’ Pass, Oregon while fishing with Captain Gerardo. The fish is alot bigger than it looks. Both Mike and Captain Gerardo are abut 6’3″ tall! The fish was released.

Outdoor writer, lecturer, author and TV show host, Scott Haugen finally came to visit us from his home in Oregon and put the hurt on this sizeable wahoo using a purple Rapala.

Some good eats here! Two different kinds of pargo caught by Tanner Millspaugh and his dad, Travis, from Washington state.

Two of our new favorite amigos, Debbie Arvin and Lynn Murphy from Colorado, with Captain Armando and some pretty yellowfin tuna.

Great colors on Chris Aiellos, dorado that he caught fishing with our La Paz fleet

A solid day to sea-the-least! Mike and dad Gary Pilkington with a rack of tuna, a dorado plus a wahoo! Grand slam!


First-time visitor from Colorado, in rough water, Don Vanzo got a legit bull dorado on the gaff.

That’s the right kind! John Morgenstern all the way from South Dakota got another tuna into the panga and a great photo!

HI Paula! Well done, amiga! Nice bull dorado!

Alaska in the house! John Daley with Captain Moncho and alot of tuna meat headed to the freezers.

Just too pretty of a photo. This is Jae Shin from Alaska with a roosterfish on the flyrod in Bahia Muertos.

Here’s Jae’s roosterfish caught on the flyrod . Great fun on such light tackle! The rooster was released. That’s Bahia Muertos water.

She’s an author and lecturer and teaches classes in outdoor cooking! Tiffany Haugen poses great with a wahoo in the blue waters near Punta Arenas.

Robbie Boyd and his dad, Bill, and Captain Jorge display a pretty pargo liso an a couple of yellowfin tuna on the beach at Muertos Bay.

He looks grim, but Brian is actually a nice guy with two handfuls of dorado and tuna caught with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

You’re kidding! Greg Garrison and Nic Huff sport THREE big wahoo from a day of fishing right off the rocks at Punta Arenas.

Celebrating Lollie Milano’s retirement, Dana Milano came down for the week and got themselves some nice yellowfin going on ice.

Stan Andre gives a little kiss to his dorado he got while fishing with our Tailhunter La Paz fleet.

Brian’s got another dorado to add to the box! Despite some slow spots, he and his amigos took a nice load of fish home!

Gary Wagner loves light tackle and took this feisty rooster in the shallows in front of his place at Bahia Muertos. The fish was released.

Scott Haugen knows how to pose with a fish…like this colorful dorado.

Nic had never fished before but scored a number of highly covered wahoo!

I think that’s Brian behind the mask with another dorado.

Tough fish to pull out’ve the rocks, but Scott Haugen did the trick after 5 of them got the best of him and broke him off.

Table full ‘o’ tuna for Mike and Kirsten Hanson from Oregon!

Great shot of Mike Pilkington’s first wahoo. Caught with Captain Pancho driving the rig. Nice fish, Mike!

They don’t have many mahi mahi in S. Dakota which is where John Morgenstern will be taking these fillets!

First dorado for Ms. Tiffany. She is such a gamer!

It was a hit-or-miss week of fishing as the warm water season winds down and cooler conditions move in.  We often had to work a lot harder for our fish this past week than we’ve been used to during the season but everyone got fish.  It just wasn’t as easy or as plentiful in some cases.


It was erratic.  One boat would find fish and a boat next to them would struggle.  We’d look for tuna and only find dorado.  We’d chase dorado and get dog-tooth snapper.  A boat trying to pargo or cabrilla would hook a wahoo!  Just no rhyme or reason.  One day our Las Arenas fleet would be hot and the next day our La Paz fleet would have the hot bite!


A lot of it had to do with the weather.  Winds are blowing stronger and coming from all directions at different times of the day.  It’s cooling off the water temps.  It’s clouding up the water.  It’s making bait harder and harder to find as waves crash into the shallow areas disturbing the bait schools.


The big hurricane Willa that hammered far south of us, did not do us any damage.  The sun burned brightly every day.  But it did throw up some big wave and southerly winds that forced us to cancel two days of fishing with our Tailhunter Las Arenas fleet.  As the winds increase from the north, I imagine there will be more days that are tough to fish as the season diminishes.


However, there was a good jag of wahoo this week.  Some boats got multiple strikes and landed several.


The tuna were a little more scarce, but little spots of tuna popped up if you could jump on them fast enough.  The schools were very often busting water, but were hesitant to eat or would only eat quickly and move on so you only had a small window to get in on the bite.  The full moon might have had something to do with that.


Again, we had unusually huge dog-tooth snapper and pargo liso come up  off the shallows busting rods (really!) and 150-pound test.  We got about 1 out’ve every 8 or 9 hook-ups on these tough fish.


Dorado are still around.  Mostly in the 10-15 pound class.



This is been an emotional roller-coaster week.  Earlier in the week, my dad passed away.  He was 91-years-young.

Many of you knew him.  He loved to fish.  He loved reading this fishing report.  Thankfully to Jill, she jammed a ticket back to Los Angeles in my hand on a “gut feeling” and told me to get back to see him NOW and she kicked me outta La Paz.

I got to spend a few hours with him and hold him for a bit and after spending most of the night with him told him I’d be back in the morning to have breakfast with him.  Little did I know that would be the last. The next morning, he took a breath and let go and slipped quietly and peacefully away.

I had to get back to La Paz and three days later…talk about the circle of life, we welcomed Hannah James Reid our 2nd grandchild to our daughter Jessie Reid and Brian Reid.  Whoo-hoooo!!!

The circle of life keeps rolling!

Just wanted to reach out to thank the hundreds of you that sent condolences to both Jill and I and also all of you sending congratulations.  We do not pass through life alone.  Glad to be on the path with so many of you.  God bless!

That’s our story!



Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International



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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 13-21, 2018


La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 14-21, 2018



Weather – Temps dropped crazy almost 2 weeks ago and fish went into shock. North winds started blowing and stirred things up.  Supposed to have gotten some rain that never showed up but the season is definitely changing and moving towards cooler and breezier.  End of the blue-water season coming earlier than we’d like

Water – still warm!  Low to mid-80’s although air temps are sometimes cooler than the water temp!

Fishing – Really having to hunt and search these days.  Some days good.  Some days not so good. Some boats do good and boat right next to them terrible.  One captain is hot one day and next day someone different catches the lightning in the jar.  Fish are all confused with all the weather variables.  It’s also affecting the bait situation and availability.

However, mid-week, air temperatures started to rise.  Humidity returned.  The winds slowed down.  And the fishing got way better…mostly…sometimes…compared to before!

Outlook This Week – Supposed to get more and stronger north winds. Maybe even a tad of rain.  Might hurt the ability to fish with our La Paz Fleet if the northerns get too much stronger.   If the cooling trend is sustained, then fishing will definitely change.


Wow! Great start for Craig Honkanen (r) and Ken Austad (l) and a double wahoo hook-up!

Fishing with their favorite Captain Armando, Bob Layko and Craig Brown from Washington visit us every year and started with a chunky dog-tooth snapper, a yellowfin tuna and some blue bonito!

Laura Hernandez’ giant dog-tooth cubera snapper (pargo perro) that ate a whole bonito.

For two gals who had never fished in saltwater before, Margie and Debbie did pretty good on the tuna with Captain Pancho!

From Alaska, Brian Ginder posed with Captain Victor and one of the larger tuna and a bull dorado.

Nice grillwork on this big pargo that Mark Buchanan has! And a face only a mother could love…the fish I mean. Mark is fine!

Dorado aboard the Esperanzas fishing out’ve La Paz with Captain Boli and Scott and Mike Atherly.

I’d say Justin Jones and Mitch Gayman had a pretty good day with Captain Moncho! Check out all the tuna on the table and a nice wahoo as well!

Is this the biggest triggerfish ever? Jeff Ferguson from Colorado Springs CO. That’s alot of ceviche!

Steve Resky and the panga all to himself and rocked it with a solid day of tuna, cabrilla and big triggerfish!

Maybe the prettiest photo of the week. It’s surely my favorite. Taken by Jae Shin of John Daley and a flyfishing catch of a little roosterfish from the shore (released). John and Jae are from Anchorage, Alaska.

That’s a legit cabrilla, Jenn Wilson! Just outside of Bahia Muertos she’s staying out there at the Rancho Costa Resort.

Geeze…that’s a big pargo! Steve McKellips from Arizona hung this gorilla just outside of Bahia Muertos.

You gotta love Paige Resky! She’s 8 years old and in rough seas outside La Paz Bay, in her rain slickers with blood on her legs, she’s a gamer and holding onto her dorado! Nicely done, young lady!

Captain Jorge has been fishing with our good friends, Jeff and Marianne Sakuda from Cypress CA for years.

Matt and his dad, Dennis Gayman from Arizona had some nice tuna to bring back to the beach, among other catches this day.

John! I told you that you’d get in this week’s report! Good day, my friend!

You can’t beat the light tackle action in our area. Gary Wagner had fun with his trout rod right in Suenos Bay and poses with a feisty jack.

Pretty photo of our first-time anglers to visit us in La Paz, Marlene and Taky Kikuchi with some handfuls of yellowfin.

Noah and Justin Lauby with Captain Chavelon with one of two big sailfish they hooked at the same time that swallowed little sardines while fishing for tuna.

Michelle and Mitch Allen show off some of the variety. In addition to tuna, they also got these two…a pargo liso and a cabrilla. All great eating! The Allens are from Arizona.

Our amigo, Jeff, and first-day yellowfin tuna!

That’s a big barred pargo (pargo mulatto) and Laura Hernandez always seems to hook big fish.

Craig Brown and cousin Bob Layko with their favorite Captain Armando. Nice wahoo, Bob!

Jeff’s got a barred pargo off the rocks at Punta Perrico there in the background.

Steve and Bill from Oregon got a whole-lotta fish over 3 days including one of quite a few yellowfin tuna.

Under the mask, I think that’s Brian Schwalbe and for sure that’s Chris Aiello with Captain Gerardo and 4 of their yellowfin.

Grant and Juli Nakagawa made their first trip to La Paz this week and got some dorado and tuna.

Really great shot of Mike Atherly and his dorado caught out’ve La Paz. He and dad had a pretty good day.

Our Florida visitors, Dave Wilson and Kurt Bertsch hung out in La Paz this week and took a few days to fish with us. Good guys!

No big deal! Ken Austad has himself a table full of tuna!

Tim Gardner is somewhere behind that mask! He had one day to fish and slammed pretty good with a number of tuna and this bull dorado.

Two weeks ago the weather down here changed dramatically.  Almost overnight temperatures dropped precipitously from the mid-to-high-90’s down to the mid-to-low-80’s!  Humidity disappeared and the northern winds or winter started kicking up waves and chop.


The fishing fell off drastically as well.  After such a good long season, I was about to declare the season pretty much done.  I figured the season had just ended a bit sooner than we expected because we normally don’t see these kinds of conditions until November.


So, for about a week and a half, including the beginning of this past week, fishing was difficult.  We had to scratch for everything we got.  It was erratic at best.  Rough waters…changing currents…winds…all contributed to an anemic bite.  It also affected our ability to find live bait. Several days there was little or no live bait to be had!  There were a few highlights here and there, but the chew was not what it had been. Some boats got skunked.


But then, about mid-week, we had a change.  The temperatures and humidity started to rise.  The winds calmed down just a bit.  Bait became more readily available.


And little-by-little, the bite improved.  A few more tuna.  A few more dorado.  Some wahoo.  Pargo, big dog-tooth and cabrilla.  Even a few billfish.  Not what it had been, but a zillion percent better than two weeks ago and the beginning of this past week.


It’s still a hunt right now.  Some boats are doing better than others.  Some captains are doing better than others.  But then…the next day a boat that was hot  now struggles.  A captain that couldn’t get a nibble suddenly is on fire!  There’s just no predicting.   The captains are working hard to find the bite.  Harder than they would normally have to as we adjust to the changing ambience of wind and water.


There’s no doubt that the season is changing.  Winter conditions have definitely started to move in earlier than we would have liked.


Celebrating her retirement, Dana and Lollie Milano came down with several loads of BRAND NEW clothes this week.

As we wind-down to the end of another season…our 23rd down here…just wanted to give another high-five to everyone who brought down stuff for our Tailhunter Outreach programs and charity foundations!  You made a huge difference  in so many ways with thousands of pounds of goods and bags and bags brought in every week.  I wish I had space for everyone’s photos.  But, you know who you are!

Just this week we got so many more loads of clothes, school supplies, medical items, shoes and more.  I think most of it will be headed to the orphanage.

Every bit helped more than you know!  Gracias!

That’s our story!



Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International



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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Oct. 7-13, 2018


La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 7-14, 2018



Weather – Not bad.  Sunny.  Just different.  Almost overnight, it changed.  It got cooler by 10-12 degrees.  It’s supposed to be in the mid-90’s right now instead of the low 80’s.  Humidity dropped tremendously as well . And the winds came up too.  Even had a storm during the week that shut us down for a day.  Weird

Fishing – Affected tremendously by the abrupt change in weather.  Some high spots and some big fish, but overall, the fishing took a dive…or the fish took a dive.  Either way, fishing got tougher.  Hate to think the awesome tuna bite of 2018 is over.  On the bright side…huge huge pargo caught!  Incredible catches…and losses of gigantic fish too.

Fish Caught This Week:  tuna / marlin/ dog-tooth snapper / mullet snapper/ barred pargo/ cabrilla/ triggerfish/ dorado/ bonito/ skipjack / sailfish/ yellow snapper/ pompano / jack crevalle

Water – Air temps went down, but water stayed warm!  At least for now.  The winds sure made it rougher than normal and if the winds keep blowing the waters will definitely cool and the fishing will change even more.

Outlook: More winds expected this week, especially from the north which is usually a sign of winter weather approaching and rougher seas.  Possibility here and there or rain showers, but mostly sunny week ahead.




Hard to believe the size of these dog-tooth cubera snapper we were catching this week or the number of them. Have never seen anything like it! We were using whole bonito to hook them and losing many fish as well. Captain Victor poses with a smiling Jim Gatti and Nino Bonfiglio from Sacramento CA. Check out two more big pargo dogs on the table!

Jerry Weber from Prescott AZ mugs in front of his big pargo while Captain Moncho and MIke Asbury from San Diego hold the pose. There’s another big fish on the table as well!

Smiling Steve Snead from Idaho! Good to have him back to visit us this past week and he got himself a pretty yellowfin tuna in the La Paz tuna bite.

Fun Family and we enjoy every time they visit us. Ken and Terri Bodle from Spring Valley Lake CA with three sons, Weston, Wyatt and Mason…oh…and some nice tuna!

With storm clouds threatening late in the week, Pete Wilson still stuck it to this massive dog-tooth snapper fishing with Captain Victor! Check out the photo below of the teeth!

Why these pargo perro / cubera snapper are also know as “dog-tooth snapper.” Pretty fierce looking grill! This is Pete Wilson’s big doggie. His photo is above.

Wiley, Jr and Wyatt Randolph got a double-hook-up on dorado fishing north of La Paz their first day!

Great shot! Big smile! Ryan Russel from Boise, Idaho worked this big tuna with our La Paz fleet.

That’s a big dog-tooth cubera snapper (pargo) being held up by Henry Petrino from Sacramento with an assist from Captain Gerardo! Henry…I told you that you’d be in the fishing report! Congrats! 😀

Nice shot. Weston with his dad, Ken Bodle hold up a couple of legit YFT’s on the beach behind La Concha Hotel!

Our surf brothers, Jim Adair and Brad Baker with some nice pompano and tuna headed for the ice chest.


We even got pargo liso (mullet snapper) this week! It’s not springtime either! Steve and Captain Moncho do the honors!  Really unusual to get these powerful fish!

Tuna on the light tackle is a handful! C.P. Shannon with two hands fulll of tuna!

That’s alot of sashime fillets! Nothing wrong with this yellowfin tuna caught by Pete Wilson after a long fight!

Jim Adair and Brad Baker are pumped up! Fun day hitting the rock and reef fish with several great eating different species there…snapper, pargo, palometa, cabrilla…

Al Rorex got his dorado after a tough week of fishing. He lost a big big tuna at the boat after a long-battle too!

That’s a beast! We don’t usually see pargo liso (mullet snapper) this big and usually, we catch them in the springtime! Steve and Captain Moncho!

John Gibbs and Ken Campbell visit us every year and are always a kick. A couple of nice big barred pargo with Captain Armando.

First day out produced Danny Okazaki’s first wahoo on a Rapala. He wasn’t sure if they were good eating until we all assured him that it was NOT just a big mackerel!

Nice tuna for Wiley Randolph! He’s always smiling. Never seen him unhappy! We always enjoy his visits every year.

1…2..3…LIFT, Henry! Lifting this big pargo knocked one of the lenses outta Henry’s glasses! Look at the teeth on the beast. That’s why they call ’em “dog-tooth” snapper.


Brad McBride had a good day working the rocks inshore for a great variety of good-eating fish and lots of action on light tackle.

You can imagine the size of this pargo…Steve is about 6’4″ tall!

Weston and his dad, Ken Bodle with a couple of nice YFT’s on the beach behind La Concha Hotel.


Is the great tuna bite of 2019 over?  Has the season already changed over to cooler winter conditions?


After this past week, I might have to concur in the affirmative.


It was a weird strange week. First, air temperatures abruptly dropped 10-12 degrees almost overnight.  The sun was still out (most of the week…more on that in a bit), but suddenly, it was like someone threw a switch and humid tropical 95-98 degree day time temps suddenly hit the mid-80’s and the humidity almost disappeared.


On top of that it got windy from the south brought on by concurrent hurricanes Rosa then Sergio that played out in the Pacific Ocean and made landfall hundreds of miles north along the Baja Peninsula, but caused enough of a pressure change to bring in some fairly strong wind and waves from the south…all of which contributed to some really difficult fishing.


Oh…then late-week, the “rain showers” we knew were going to happen and were supposed to be benign turned into basically a baby hurricane with the sun out!

Winds of 20-30 mph whipped the ocean into a froth and strong morning rains didn’t help either.  We had to shut down fishing for the most part when the La Paz Port Captain understandably shut down all boat traffic on Friday as big waves in normally calm La Paz Bay were strong enough to throw spray on cars passing by on the waterfront.  It was like having a baby hurricane with the sun still out!


So, fishing took the biggest tumble of the season.  It went from red-hot to barely tepid.  I think the fish were as confused as we were.  There were a few high spots here and there and the fish were definitely there.  They just didn’t want to bite or they moved to other spots.


Although we got some nice tuna and some huge tuna were lost, the volume of tuna we’ve enjoyed for several months diminished.  Same for dorado and other species.  There were a few wahoo and way too many bonito!


Our captains and anglers had t work hard to find fish and even when they did, so many of the fish were larger that many were lost which might have made our counts look better.  But, just the same…action was way way off.


The biggest surprise was the appearance of huge dog-tooth cubera snapper (pargo perro or pargo colorado) and giant mullet snapper (pargo liso).  These huge red fish are generally a spring-time fish and during the season, maybe we get a half-dozen or so…maybe!


These huge fierce fish are not only big, but powerful and they’re in the shallows in the rocks and reefs.  They have scales like armor, sharp gills and gill plates plus set of long sharp teeth!


When the blue water fish weren’t biting, we went inshore for some action on pargo and cabrilla just to get the guys some fish and these big dogs started biting.  More than I have ever seen in more than 20 years here.


These fish were 50-80 pounders and larger ones were lost!  They were breaking 150-pound test line and the guys were using whole live bonito to hook them.  Guys were losing 2, 3, 4 or more fish in some cases and getting 1 to the boat, but it could be the fish of a lifetime.


This coming week, it looks like the winter northern winds are starting early.  The north winds are the vanguard of what we get during the months of November to April.  We are also expecting a “little rain” this week again.  Looks like winter might be starting pre-maturely.  If the winds persist, water temps will also start to drop and the fishing will change even more dramatically.



Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International



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La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report from Tailhunter Sportfishing for Week of Sept. 30-Oct. 7, 2018


La Paz – Las Arenas/ Muertos Bay/ Suenos Bay Fishing Report for Week of Oct. 1-7, 2018


The Mexican Minute Video Fishing Report

Short Attention Span Week at a Glance

Weather – Definitely cooler although water still warm.  In the mornings, the water at 86 or 87 degrees is warmer than the air!  Daytime temps down to about 92 now.  Humidity has thankfully dropped. Quite comfortable.  However, more winds and breezes especially from the north which is indicative of the changing season and coming winter…perhaps earlier than we would like.  Winds make it harder to fish.  We even had a little mini-hurricane by Cerralvo Island that we call “toritos” (little bull) that popped up and then left complete with waterspouts, wind, waves, thunder and lightning.

Water – Still warm and blue but the presence of so many cool-water species like the pargo, pompano, palometa are indicative of cooler water moving in.

Fishing – Incredible numbers of species for this time of year.  Normally, it’s dominated by the warm water species like tuna, dorado, wahoo and billfish.  But, right now, in addition to those we also have cabrilla, pompano, several types of pargo, jack crevalle, several species of bonito and more.

Outlook for Coming Week – Continued cooler.  Might get a spot of rain. Winds increasing

The Big Picture and the Rest of the Story…


Our amigo, Rob Chambers, had himself quite a day doing the hat trick at Las Arenas with 3 exotic species. He started the day nailing this wahoo on a purple rapala (still hanging from the mouth); then he nailed a nice bull dorado (photo below) the caught and released a roosterfish off the Punta Perico rocks! Scroll down for the rest of the photos!

Walt Menda from Sacramento comes down every year and always hangs the big fish fish. This one was with Captain Jorge and he and the fish battled for 2 long hours on light tackle.

Taking a quick week off from Germany where he serves in the U.S. Army, Marcus Yoo was just outside of Bahia Muertos when he took this colorful bull dorado.


That’s alot of meat! Ira Stephens from Washington and Mike Purcell from New York with Captain Jorge show off some nice tuna plus a bonus HUGE pargo liso (mullet snapper)

First-timer, Bryan Loh, from Newport Beach with Captain Gerardo put the hurt on this pretty wahoo using a dark X-Rap Rapala.

Hector and “Aguachile” Henry do it again with a couple of fat La Paz Bay yellowfin tuna.

Our La Paz Fleet really kicked out some nice catches this week. Check out the deck spread of tuna and dorado caught by Curt and Debbie Keller from Utah. First-visit to us!

Two funny guys! Captain Armando with our bud, John Gibbs and a colorful barred pargo.

Now that’s some variety! Marcus with yellowfin tuna, barred pargo, cubera snapper (pargo perro) and triggerfish . Great eating!

Mark Bonsack and Brad Sleder slipped in a quick two-day trip that produced this wahoo.

There was no shortage of tuna for our La Paz Fleet this week which usually relies on the dorado bite! But Captain Chito and Dave Wakabayashi rolled up some nice yellowfin off Espirito Santo Island.

Alex Dombrowski from Washington started off his fishing week with a bang…dorado, barred pargo and pompano for the fish box.


Wow…that’s alot of meat! A big pargo liso to go with tuna and a mess of pompano for Walt Menda and Lloyd Okimura from Sacramento!

Our best amigo, Jorge Romero, took a day off from driving all over Baja and took the biggest tuna of the day!

We had fun with these two! Great visit for the first time from Travis Woodard and Craig Wood and their wahoo.

Another of many trips in the book over the years from Delando Pegan who fished with our La Paz fleet and poses with tuna and dorado (more fish on the stern!). He owns Relik Winery in Oregon and is opening up his new B & B as well.

Jerry Kvaternik from Washington finally made it down to see us after many years! That’s a yellowfin tuna he’s goofing with!

Hard to believe all the pompano we caught this week. I don’t recall ever seeing this many caught. Normally a spring-time fish. Even then we never caught this many! John Gibbs does the honors. Great eating!

1-2-3…LIFT!!! That’s Curt Keller, trying to take a photo with his big roosterfish so he could released it. Captain Victor tries to help!

Nice shot. Powerful fish! Yellowfin tuna for Marcus.

Love that grin, Mike Jacobson! First-time visit with us, he got into the tuna and dorado!

Jae Park and Mike Kingsmore with Captain Ramiro and a nice wahoo. They also caught tuna and dorado over the 3 days of fishing.


Worth the smile after a good day fishing for Bill Bigelman from Washington with wahoo, cabrilla, tuna and dorado on the cutting table!

As good a picture as you might find. Nice bull dorado, Rob Chambers!

Lots of palometa this week which is highly unusual! Great eating fish related to jack crevalle, pompano, roosterfish and yellowtai.

That’s gonna be on a sashime plate! Andrew Bowman back for another year going home with tuna and dorado.

Nothing wrong with Bob Larson’s catch on the beach at Bahia de los Muertos! Tuna and dorado for ready to fillet!

Henry and Hector again! Barred pargo and an upside-down tuna!

Gary Okimoto on his first trip to La Paz with Lloyd Okimura who comes every year! Gary had a good time! Check out the first-day catch of tuna from Muertos Bay!


Armando and Choo…posing with their tuna. Big boy yellowfin!

Good form! Marcus Yoo on the stick has another La Paz tuna!


Jerry has another yellowfin! Washington in the house this week.

Good day for Rob Chambers! Just off the rocks at Punta Perico with a pretty roosterfish. Caught and released. Rob’s first trip to visit us.

Mike Kingsmore and Jae Park with another fat tuna on the beach.


The seasons are noticeably changing.  This past week temperatures seemed to have come down a good 5 degrees with daytime temps now in the low 90’s and the humidity has thankfully also eased up a bit.  But the surest indicator is that the north winds that blow during out winter off-season months have started to pick up which will surely continue the cooling trend.


The fishing, not so co-incidentally, also seemed to take a bit of a change as well.


Yellowfin tuna that we’ve had all year, but especially the last 2 months took a bit of a slow-down.  They’re still here and we caught quite a few, but not as many.  Most were in the 10-30 pound class with a few 40-60 pounders. There were some 100+ pounders hooked at the south end of Cerralvo Island, but all of those fish were lost. Still, we had to work a lot harder to find the tuna this past week whereas in other weeks, the tuna were voracious.  Some days, some pangas did not get any tuna at all which have been our bread-and-butter fish most of the season…at least for our Tailhunter Las Arenas Fleet.


However, remarkably, the bite was far better for our Tailhunter La Paz fleet which usually relies on a stead dorado bite to bend rods and fill fish boxes.  However, this past week, the tuna bite was actually much more solid and dependable with 25-40 pound yellowfin taking up perhaps 50% of the catch.  Whereas in normal years, we see only a handful of tuna for the La Paz fleet, this past week, our pangas were getting 2-10 yellowfin per panga per day!


Another indicator of the changing season is the variety of fish we’ve been catching the last two weeks.


Usually, this time of year warm water species like tuna and dorado dominate the fish counts.


However, in the last two weeks, we’ve gotten more wahoo which are normally late October fish.  Also, some of those big dog-tooth / cubera snapper and mullet snapper/ pargo lisos that we normally only see in the cooler spring-time months of March through May.  In addition a lot of palometa and pompano were also caught which are also spring-time fish .


We’ll have to keep an eye out for it and see if this is an on-going trend.  Or just a slight anomaly. You would have thought with the dark moon this past week the fishing would have been a little stronger.  Some boats some days actually really struggled while pangas right next to them were bent all day.  Then, it would reverse the next day.  But, overall, everyone got fish to bring home.


Jim Gatti arranged with the Sacramento Chapter of Safari Club International to have his 5 couples bring down a huge load of school supplies, sports equipment and hygiene items this past week. On top of it all, they donated money to our scholarship fund and brought enough to send 2 kids to school for two years with breakfast, books, uniforms and transportation!

Long-time Tailhunter amigos, Brad Baker and Jim Adair hauled down school supplies and tooth brushes.

Over the years, these guys have brought us not only lots of laughs and grins, but lots of donations for our Outreach Program. This week they hauled down several ice chests of new shoes, school supplies, clothes, hygiene products, and sports equipment.


As our season winds down to the last few weeks we need to give a shout-out to all of our Tailhunter Tribe who brought down thousand of pounds of donation items to our Tailhunter Outreach Program which over the past decade has distributed several tons of items to a local orphanage, a Womens Shelter, a Senior Citizen home and an under-served local neighborhood.


This past week even more great items were brought down and we appreciate everyone who found a little extra space in their ice chests and suitcases to stuff some stuff in there for our La Paz amigos. Regretfully, we don’t have photos of everyone who brought donations, but you know who you are and we’re grateful.  This stuff changes lives!

We are very blessed.  God bless you all!

That’s our story!

Jonathan & Jilly

Jonathan Roldan’s

Tailhunter International



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